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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Faid is Butt-Hurt + Faidian Slip 8

Above is this week's Faidian Slip. Below is unrelated Faidthoughts.

Today on JMTC there was a great post by Aliciana about claiming niche markets, I recommend you all check it out if you haven't already.  When I first noticed the post, though, something stood out to me.  The image they used was from Nerf Faids, complete with the border colored #28222 that I add to my images.  I was a bit taken aback, I'd never anticipated seeing JMTC or Ali ripping images, as I respect both of these blogs/bloggers very much.

The image isn't actually mine; it's cited in the original post as being from a site about India.  I had come across it while googling something about making gold.  I posted a comment on the blog post basically saying "You may want to cite sources in the future."

As of this posting there are two responses to my blog comments.
Faid, you gave credit yourself to another web site, just because you put a new boarder on it doesn't make it your photo. Get over yourself, please.
This one I was actually really surprised by.   Plagiarism isn't something to "get over."  Granted, the image and its use is probably covered by Fair Use, but I still find it rather unethical to use it without citing your source. Perhaps it's because I've had academic integrity shoved down my throat every semester or because I've taken too many ethics courses but I feel guilty if I use something without crediting my source.  This isn't about me, I don't need to get over myself.  This is about doing what's right. I don't want a citation to Nerf Faids, I would much prefer a citation to  I'm not upset because zomgI got ripped off.   I'm upset because a blog I greatly admire is doing something unethical in my eyes and I wish it wouldn't.

That said, JMTC has added a citation since (To me, but at least it's a start.) and has also actually let both of my blog comments through, which surprised and pleased me.  They've been very respectable about this in all steps of the way and I hold no grudge against Mageshadow, Markco, or Aliciana. Mistakes are made, promptly corrected, and we move on.  =]

The other comment was something about me being "so butt-hurt  lately" and about how I attempt to convey a message that I'm the greatest at everything.  lolzy, really, but worth a mention. =D


  1. I am butt hurt that I am not on your blogroll yet...

    ALTOs Gold"ish" Advice- The Worst WoW Blog Ever!

    I try to use my own images (screenshots) as much as I can to describe my posts and deliver a visual reference, but there are times when I go to google to get a picture to assist with my story. I rarely cite them, but after reading your post it only makes sense to do so. Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

    I do always link credits to other bloggers if there is a similar post just as I would expect they would for mine. With all the blogs out there it's hard to hit a topic that someone has not hit on yet, you know what I mean? Anyways, I enjoy your site, and look forward as always to reading your next post.

  2. What do you mean you're not on there? You totally are! <_< >_>

    Added. :P

  3. Hahahaha. It musta slipped right by me. I am not the brightest bulb in the house....

  4. Faid, I apologize about the image as I had no idea that it was not an open source stock image. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and I will certainly make sure and double check the copyright on any images that I find in the future and cite the appropriate source.

  5. Not a problem, Ali! Like I said, I take no offense from either you or JMTC, I like you and your blog and I like JMTC. Just a misstep, we shall sweep it under the rug. :D

  6. @ Alto: No, you weren't there, I added you and then tried to pretend that you were already there. Seems to have worked! ;P

  7. Thanks for understanding. And just to let you know, JMTC has added an image credit to the image:)

  8. Get over yourself is about the best way to put it.

    You suck.... stop trying to bash JMTC.... it wasn't even YOUR IMAGE to start with... you STOLE it... added a border, and now you're pissing all over yourself because YOU didn't get credit for it.

    You suck.

  9. @Anonymous: Feel better now that you've got that off your chest? I hope so! Anyways, I'm going to assume you didn't read my post. If you'd like to read it so that you actually understand my stance that's cool and we can discuss this further. If you don't want to or did and just don't get it that's also cool, thanks for your input but there's no use talking to a wall! =]

  10. That rug really tied the room together


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